Amanda Koonlaba, Ed. S. is an educator whose career has been driven by the power of the arts to reach all learners. She is a published author and frequent speaker at education conferences. Koonlaba was named the Elementary Art Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2016 and received the Arts Integration Service Award from the Whole Schools Initiative. She holds an Elementary and Middle Childhood Art certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Koonlaba is on a mission to ensure every student in America has access to a high-quality arts-based education.